An Upcycled Art Journal and Exploratory Art Experiences

Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere,

One of my favorite things to do is find new uses for everyday objects that no longer have value for their intended purpose.  (Upcycling!)

Since, I’ve been wanting a new art journal for the longest time, I decided that I would try to make one by upcycling an old planner that I wasn’t using anymore.

Upcycled Art Journal by Annotated Audrey
Upcycled Art Journal

This story starts with a Moleskin planner from the year 2012. (The fact that I still had a planner from three years ago, illustrates my tendancy to hoard salavage and repurpose things… doesn’t it?)  I didn’t really have to do much to this planner to change what it was. After a couple of minor alterations, all I had to do was change the way I thought about it and simply start using it in a different way. The first thing I did was adhere multiple pages together throughout the planner to make them thicker and stronger. The next thing I did was decorate the interior cover with scrapbook paper and book pages. After the planner was transformed, my approach to journaling was simple. Namely, lay out my materials and…GO.

I really like having a place where I can explore different techniques and just express myself.

Here is a gallery of my explorations so far…

Some thoughts on art journaling….

The tips of my fingers are stained with ink, but I don’t care because I’m having fun. I’m trapped in a trance and in a somewhat mindless and carefree state of being. I’m not thinking… I’m doing. I am speaking through my hands. When I am content with the finished product, I take a step back and try to interpret what I’ve done- almost forgetting the steps I took to get there. This is something words alone can’t do, especially for someone like me who thinks in images. Art journals can capture your state of being when words cannot. Best used for when you need to let go and allow your subconscious mind to speak to you.

sign off

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8 thoughts on “An Upcycled Art Journal and Exploratory Art Experiences

  1. I find your imitative very creative. I am left wondering about one aspect though. When you look at an everyday object which you plan to up-cycle, do you store these away separately? Or do you allow them to remain where it is currently? Why I ask is that in today’s grossly materialistic world, we face the danger of being overwhelmed by stuff lying around about which we have some ideas for future use…..



    1. Hi Shakti,
      This is indeed a danger that I am well aware of. I don’t want to be consumed by material possessions, but at the same time… I hate the idea of wasting something that once had great value to me. Usually, if I spent a lot of time or money on something, I try to find new uses for it before I get rid of it. Moreover, I am less compelled to save egg cartons or other such things, as I usually haven’t formed any attachments to them. In the case of this planner, it had sentimental value to me. A year of my life was documented in its pages, so I didn’t want to throw it away. I did however wanted to turn it into something that was useful again… I think I succeeded in doing that. Thanks for reading my blog. I hope we can have similar conversations in the future. -Audrey


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